Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River


Rice Barge Cruise

Booked with Sun Leisure World in Bangkok

Description :
Enjoy a speedy and refreshing long-tailed speedboat ride down the river and the multitude of winding canals which earned Sun Leisure WorldBangkok the title of -Venice of the East-. The excursion offers a view of authentic riverside lifestyles, such as houses on stilts and children playing in the water. The return journey is on a sedate converted rice barge. Guests will be served seasonal fruits and unlimited cold drinks as they enjoy a relaxed cruise along the -River of Kings. This half-day trip gives a view of Bangkok that most never get to see. Note: The tour is only operated in the afternoon.

Itinerary :
13:30 hrs
Pick up from hotel by our English speaking guide.

Pick up from hotel and transfer to River City Pier for Rice Barge Cruise tour. The trip starts by long-tail boat passing various canals and temples. Experience good feeling of life on the waterway and see Thai people at work and at home by the canal. Then move onto a converted rice barge and cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Snacks & drinks included.
16:30 hrs
Departure to hotel.

Saturday 31st of January 2015 and we finished the boxing around 11 thirty. I had have a terrible pain in my right shoulder since woke up. But the exercise went kind of OK. My friend would be back 5 o'clock in the afternoon. I would be back from the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River Thailand digital TVaround 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

They will come to pick me up at the Citadines Hotel at 13:15 and I expect to be back around 5 in the afternoon. We will buy a new motor cycle and we will get a new digital TV box for my friend. I had got a coupon for a free digital TV box that I could pick up at Lotus or 7 Eleven. But my friend had not got any coupon, he is from the South of Thailand and he don't have the Tabien Baan (house book) that is needed to get a free digital TV box.

And I don't need any box because I live in a condo, so I will get him mine. But I need to pick it up Citadines Apart Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 23by myself with an ID card and the house book. So he will come here around 5 o'clock when he finish work.

They will pick me up for the Rice Barge Cruise at the Citadines Apart Hotel Citadines Apart Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 23on Sukhumvit Soi 23 at 13:15, and I will be back home around 5 o'clock.

So I had a shower and I grabbed my Canon 60D and I took the 2 minutes’ walk to the Citadines Apart Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 23. A good sign and a good start, they were waiting for me at the hotel. And that was even though I was 5 minutes early.

This is the spirit we're looking for and we were soon on our way. There was a young British couple in the van when I stepped inside. And we were going to pick up more people that was going to join us on the rice barge cruise.

We started at Rembrandt Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 18 where we were joined by another British couple that had arrived to Bangkok this very morning. Then we were off to take up a passenger on Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya RiverSukhumvit Soi 2. A Guy, I think he was from Singapore.

We were soon on our way to Chao Phraya River and as I had not been “river side” for many many years.

I have not been here since I got my telephone installed some 20 years ago. Back then TOT was located behind the General Post office. And jeez, had this area changed profile or what? River City was a huge building, well, looked like a shopping mall with the boat pier in front and I was reminded about Singapore. I paid my fee 750 Baht and we were brought to the pier.

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River from the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River from the River City Pier

We were told that the long tail boat would arrive in 25 minutes and we would meet here at GATE 1. 2 o'clock and I was getting hungry and I went to Tom n' Toms coffee. I got a big cup of tea and 3 Aladdin's adventure at the River City Pier in Bangkokfreshly made pretzels.

Well, they were actually going to be very fresh as the girl started to make my pretzels after I had placed the order. And as this took time I had time to talk with the girl.

The guy told me that she liked me Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st
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Well, Thai girls must for sure have a foocked up taste in guys. Here we have a beautiful girl liking and old and bald lard ass. Something doesn’t sounds right here, right? So be careful coming here! Don't believe everything you hear. But you can have some fun while investigating!

She was making three pretzels for me and I pestered her every second and it was actually quite fun. And it didn't take long before the whole staff was involved. Oh yes, I was looking like a Aladdin's adventure at the River City Pier in Bangkokteenager (Lucky that I wore my baseball cap)













I had my tea and pretzels, well, I have had better pretzels. I didn't had the time to finish my tea because the long tail boat arrived. I saw the other guys that had been in the van with me meeting with the girl I had paid the fee to.

And I was dreaded when I discovered that there were many more people joining us. We boarded the long tail boat and we were soon on our way. We will cruise up the Canals on the Thonburi side and then we will go back to the Royal Barge Museum. We will board a rice barge at the Royal Barge Museum and we will go back to the River City Pier and then we go back home.

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Time to board the long tail boat at the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Time to board the long tail boat at the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Time to board the long tail boat at the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
She is waving good bye

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We're on our way

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A Chinese temple we visited with Bangkok Photographers

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Wat Kalayanamitr

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Passing Grand Palace

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
They had 3 canoes waiting for us with souvenirs
A “mini” floating market as they called it

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A “mini” floating market

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We stop to look at fishes, and we were lucky, they had bread for sale

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
And as no surprise, Chao Phraya River is full of garbage

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
The water was full of fishes after a minute and they started to throw bread

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
The water was full of fishes after a minute and they started to throw bread

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
The water was full of fishes after a minute and they started to throw bread

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
The water was full of fishes after a minute and they started to throw bread

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
I didn't bother to rip my bread to pieces

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
I didn't bother to rip my bread to pieces

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
I didn't bother to rip my bread to pieces

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We saw two Monitor Lizards during the cruise on Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We make a U-turn and go back to catch the rice barge

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We make a U-turn and go back to catch the rice barge

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We go back again - We will board the rice barge at the Royal Barge Museum

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
A boat stop

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Canal/ River cleaning boat station

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Canal/ River cleaning boat station

I was surprised when we passed a station with Canal/ River cleaning boats. I had been on our Guide about all the garbage in the Canals/ River. He told me it was illegal to throw garbage and that people did it during the “dark hours” But we were actually passing a Canal/ River cleaning boat station and our Guide was proudly pointing to the place.
- YES, WE CLEAN THE RIVER AND CANALS!
- That's the motherfocking spirit we're looking for!


Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We have reached the rice barge and get off the long tail boat
We will take the rice barge from the Royal Barge Museum back to the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We have reached the rice barge and get off the long tail boat
We will take the rice barge from the Royal Barge Museum back to the River City Pier

We reached the pier at the Royale Barge Museum and the rice barge was waiting for us. We got off the long tail boat and a few minutes later we were on board the rice barge. There were chairs put up on deck for us and there was a fruit buffet in the aft. There were also a bar with vodka and whiskey if you wanted to mix the fruit juice.

We left the Royal Barge Museum behind steering towards the River City Pier. I took a chair and I went up front to the Captain where I spent the whole trip back to River City Pier


Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Rice barge is coming
We will take the rice barge from the Royal Barge Museum back to the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Rice barge is coming
We will take the rice barge from the Royal Barge Museum back to the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We board the rice barge
We will take the rice barge from the Royal Barge Museum back to the River City Pier

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Fruit buffet

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
The bar

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Our Guide

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
2 girls in a long tail boat passing us

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
2 girls in a long tail boat passing us
Who is the handsome guy allowed to sit up front with the Captain?

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
The girls disappear

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Captain

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Yet another stupid slideshow

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We recognise the Chinese temple from our Urban Photo Safari with Bangkok Photographers

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We recognise the Mosque from our Urban Photo Safari with Bangkok Photographers

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
We recognise the Chinese temple from our Urban Photo Safari with Bangkok Photographers

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Another Chinese temple along the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Embassy of Portugal

Aladdin's adventure on the Rice Barge Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Back at the River City Pier
Picture by Aladdin

They had a fresh fruit buffet on the rice barge going back to the River City Pier, but I never tried any fruit even though there was many different good looking fruits. I took a char and I sat down on the fo'c's'le and took pictures during the trip. Took us about an hour to go back with the rice barge and we stepped ashore at the River City Pier around 16 thirty. Yes, I expected to be back home around 5 o'clock.

I went in to Tom n' Toms coffee to say good bye to the girl and we were soon on the way back to Sukhumvit Road after a very nice afternoon on the Chao Phraya River.

Bangkok Tourist attraction review - Reviewed by Review Man
How to kill a day in Bangkok #4
Review: Rice Barge Cruise

Fee: 750 Baht
Web page: www.sunleisureworld.com
Address: 293/116 Sukhnivat-2, Pracha Uthit 69, Pracha Uthit Road, Bangkok 10140
Tel: +66 (0)81 440 9926 and +66 (0)2 817 2294 - January 2015
Opening Hours: No hours of operation mentioned on their web page

A good sign to start the tour with, they were waiting for me when I arrived to the pick-up point. No need to wait for hours just to hear the stupid excuse: Traffic jam!

We took off to pick up a few more passengers at 2 more hotels before we drove off to the River City Pier. Obviously, tours in Bangkok are something you should do on the weekends, or you risk ending up spending hours in the traffic.

We were taken to the River City Pier and we had to wait there for about 25 minutes, a good opportunity to have a look around. Great view over the river and there are plenty restaurants.

We boarded the long tail boat that took us up the Canals on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. As it was Weekend we saw people eating on small floating restaurants. As our Guide said: It is empty during the weekdays. We reached an (Canal) intersection and we turned around as we had to go back to board the rice barge.

We made two stops with the long tail boat, and both of the stops felt like they were going to squeeze some extra Baht out of us.

STOP #1: A “mini” floating market. Old ladies in 3 canoes came up alongside the long tail boat to sell souvenirs. And yes, it was exactly the same crap they sell at all the night markets and souvenir shops.

STOP #2: We stopped to feed the fish. Outside a temple and there was a small wooden pier with a lady selling bread to feed the fishes. (There were several of these places along the route) But we didn't need to come ashore to buy bread, the ship crew had bread on board. And they charged 20 Baht. People throw bread to the fishes and the water was soon boiling with fishes next to us. I changed my mind just before we should leave and I threw the whole bread to the fishes just because I was curious to see how the fish would handle this. They did great and the bread was soon gone.

We also saw two monitor lizards along the Canals, so there is a wee bit of wild life in Bangkok. And the lizards were almost 2 meters long and this was not a bad experience. Of course, we were a few meters away sitting in safety on board the boat.

We boarded the rice barge and they had a fresh fruit and juice buffet. Vodka and Whiskey was available for those like to mix the juice.

The price, 750 Baht, not a bad price. Going back and forth to the River City Pier would have set me back by 300 to 400 Baht. I'm doing all this because I'm too old for party, but A few years ago and I think I would have been able to drink vodka for a few hundred Baht during the cruise.

Bangkok Tourist attraction review - Reviewed by Review Man
Rated:Bangkok Tourist attraction review - Reviewed by Review Man

This tour is something I can recommend. It was interesting to see the Canals and the River. When you're in the middle of Bangkok it is easy to forget that there is a huge river in the city and that there is a community still living on stilt houses on the Canals. Thai people at work and at home by the canal on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. For sure nothing you imagine while in the middle of the hectic Bangkok.

And it was very nice to see how important the river is for commuters and it was enough to see the traffic to understand that many many commuters are dependant Chao Phraya River and the Canals. A RECOMMENDED TOUR!

Of course, the experience would have been million times better if it wasn't for all the garbage in the Chao Phraya River and the Canals.

Review Man

My friend arrived after 10 minutes and we were soon on our way to Thonburi again. We had called Sun Leisure World 2 (TWO) times to confirm the terrible pick-up time tomorrow for the Ayutthaya Cruise Tour. 06:30 at the Citadines Apart Hotel, so I need to get up at 5 o'clock tomorrow morning. So we bought the motor cycle and I drove my friend’s car while he drove the motorcycle. First time for me to drive in Thailand or in left hand traffic.

Not a nice experience, everything in the darn car was on the wrong side of the wheel. I was going to turn and the car started to spray water all over the wind shield. And where the foock do I turn on the light? We had a dinner and I went back home to sleep.

Well, early night and an even earlier morning. They will pick me up at 06:30 and as we have got used to, you just need to click HERE to be in the middle of that adventure.


                  
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